Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide: Selected Pittsburgh Posts

Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh, 2017

Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh, 2017

It is hard to believe, but fall is winding down and the holiday season is about to begin.  The unofficial kickoff in Pittsburgh is Light Up Night, which takes place on Friday, November 17th this year.  After that, all attention turns to Christmas music, frenzied shopping and finding things to do in Pittsburgh during the winter.  Over the years, Christmas light displays in Pittsburgh have become a tradition for thousands around the area.  With such popularity, more and more have been popping up each year.  Here is a list of holiday light displays in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area this year: Overly’s County Christmas – 11/17/17 – 1/1/18.  Located at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, Overly’s features a short but dense drive thru with parking at the end.  Walk through the Christmas Village, shop, and warm your hands at the bonfire… Oglebay’s Festival of Lights – 11/10/17 – 1/1/18.  Oglebay Resort, near Wheeling, WV, puts together a… – Read More…

Father Rapp’s Seat (Harmony, PA)

Father Rapp’s Seat (Harmony, PA)

  A unique point of interest is situated on the edge of town in Harmony, PA: a stone-carved “chair” on a steep hillside known as Father Rapp’s Seat.  The seat was created by George Rapp, founder and leader of the Harmony Society, a religious sect that built the town nearby.  Father Rapp would climb the hill to his seat to meditate and pray as he looked over the town below.  Originally, there were 137 stone steps up the hill that reached the seat, as well as a music pavilion for the society.  The slope, known as “Vineyard Hill”, had no trees covering it at the time and was used for growing wine grapes.  The trail and seat are now owned and maintained by Historic Harmony, Inc.   The trail is open from 9 am until dusk, and is accessible via a flight of wooden steps.  The steps were constructed in… – Read More…

10 Popular Things to Do in Pittsburgh

10 Popular Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a diverse city with many attractions! One list cannot do justice to the variety of nightlife, history or children’s activities that have grown in the city over recent years. This list ranks the top 10 things to do in Pittsburgh, based on a combination of annual visitors, quality, and apparent interest within the Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide as a whole. #10: National Aviary Located in Allegheny Commons West Park on the North Side, the National Aviary is the only indoor zoo for birds in the country. With over 500 birds representing more than 150 species, the Aviary houses an impressive collection from all over the world. Many of the birds are free to fly around, and some can be hand-fed. The Aviary runs programs for environmental education and outreach and holds special events year-round. The Aviary was opened in 1952, but the site has been used as a conservatory… – Read More…